Comm Eye Health Vol. 36 No. 121 2023. Published online 09 February, 2024

Improving eye care for children

A young child smiling, holding their arms up in the air
Good vision during infancy and early childhood is vital for normal development, including social development. TANZANIA © Aeesha Malik CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Children need good vision from birth until the age of 7 years to ensure that their brains develop the visual pathways that will lead to healthy adult vision. Anything that obstructs their vision during this crucial time can result in lifelong visual impairment or blindness, as well as delays to their overall physical, mental, and social development; this is the case even if their eye condition is treated when they are older.

The articles in this issue are designed to be as accessible as possible, so you can use them to refresh your own knowledge or adapt them for teaching.

The poster on page 23 ‘Important messages for eye health in babies and young children‘ can be downloaded from the ‘Useful resources’ section of the Journal website.

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